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Grateful Dead Live at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 1985-06-30

Set 1

Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->
C C Rider ->
Brown Eyed Women
Mama Tried ->
Mexicali Blues
Keep On Growing
Big Railroad Blues
Looks Like Rain ->
Don't Ease Me In

Set 2

Shakedown Street ->
Samson And Delilah
Gimme Some Lovin' ->
He's Gone ->
Cryptical Envelopment ->
Drums ->
Space ->
The Other One ->
Stella Blue ->
Around And Around ->
Sugar Magnolia

U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Merriweather Post Pavilion
Location Columbia, MD

Source Matrix mix (SBD/AUD)
Transferred by Hunter Seamons




Recording Info:
SBD -> Cassette Master -> Dat -> CD

Transfer Info:
CD -> Samplitude Professional v9.12 -> Cool Edit Pro v2.0 -> FLAC
(2 Discs Audio / 2 Discs FLAC)

All Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller
December 21, 2007


Recorded by Jim Oade
Transferred by Doug Oade, tracked by Darrin Sacks (

Schoeps cmc441 (90deg, 17cm) > Oade M118 > Oade mod SONY PCM-F1

Master PCM > DAW (via SEKD Prodif) > Wav > cdwav > Flac

Thank you to Charlie Miller for the SBD transfer,
and to the Oade Brothers and Darrin Sacks for the AUD transfer.

Matrix by Hunter Seamons using Final Cut Pro (FLAC>AIFF>Final Cut>WAV>FLAC)
September 21, 2008


1) Occasional static/clicks/pops in the sources.

2) Cuts in the SBD between some songs. Some dropouts in C.C. Rider, and briefs cuts in LL Rain, Drums, and Other One. Other One also has some brief, shifty channel business.

3) The show appears to be seamless.


Reviewer: copernicus5 - - February 19, 2015
Subject: great audio! great show!
Hunter S. - you do great work! I can't thank you enough for all the matrix recordings of so many good shows that you've created, and this one is no exception. what a show!! no big insights here - Shakedown, Samson & Delilah, He's Gone - all so good! and a BEST award for Sugar Magnolia/Sunshine Daydream performance ever for my money. but overall - what a great audio treatment of a great performance!!! thanks again Hunter!!! (and now to decide if i'm going to Chicago this summer for the Fare Thee Well last performance of original Dead members but w Anastasio....hmmmm, i dunno....what to do, conflicted....)
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - - January 9, 2015
Subject: --
Wonderful show; '85 Merriweather earns its accolades. Everyone loves the Shakedown; the Other One split by D>S is a personal fave of mine for this night. As usual for '85 there are some strange song placements; Looks Like Rain as the big penultimate end to set 1? Giddy-up!

This matrix has the best of both worlds.
Reviewer: Dave B 1986 - - September 19, 2014
Subject: Shakedown
Just can't resist adding to the chorus on this shakedown. A monster! blown out of my seat. Great sound too.
Reviewer: darkstarduff - - September 19, 2014
Subject: The X Factor!
The absolute best Shakedown ever indeed. I dubbed the swirling jam of this "the funneling gnarliness" back in the day. And I believe this was the day before Ecstasy became illegal. It was freely circulating this first day of the stand, and then the next it was undercover and expensive. Your drug laws at work!

Trouble Ahead - Jerry In Red! Thanks for the hard work, Hunter!!!
Reviewer: raj - - September 19, 2014
Subject: The best sound quality of all other sources!
Thanks, Hunter! The sound quality of this source is excellent. I just love the Matrix versions to add colour to the (sometimes) dry SBD.

This was my first show, so very happy to find this high of a quality!
Reviewer: Stellablu122 - - June 30, 2013
Subject: The Band having fun...alot of fun.
This summer tour went everywhere but New England. I had to miss the SPAC show and my buddies were reeling from amazing it was, especially the first set which may be considered the best of the 1980's.

So we had to go to Merriweather. Back then you did not always need tickets before hand, although that was soon to change, as these shows did sell out.
My buddy waiting in line at the box office and moments before the band started they released some front row seats. We scored four and raced down during 1/2 Step.
The smile on our faces.

What I will always remember about this night was the pure delight on the entire band faces, especially during Gimme Some Lovin'.

The He's Gone is often not mention but it is a sublime version and Jerry's voice is not too bad on it.

The space> Other One is a intense ride as Phil blowns numerous woofers on his stage rack during it. Jerry gets off the hook at the 7:00 minute mark as well.

As @cheezstak fondly recalls during the US Blues they dropped the banner and Steve Parish, I believe, came out waving the Stars and Stripes too.

This being the peak of the Reagan years and all us Dead Heads being on the front line of the Just Say NO and the war on drugs campaigns we were more than willing and elated to celebrate our pursuit of happiness and stick it to ole Ronnie right in his own back yard too.
Reviewer: cheezstak - - May 16, 2012
Subject: MPP - Best Show of the mid 80's
I remember this show well! Its a keeper for all those that have the original cassette(s).

Bar none; the best Shakedown I ever heard or saw - and I have seen lots.

Keep on Growing was totally cool too. Does anyone remember the 25th anniversary banner that they threw down during US Blus? Definately an amazing event and awsome show -- only wish I could relive this one again!
Reviewer: myhungryhippo - - November 9, 2010
Subject: sounds like whats to come
1991&on dead with bruce and vince on keys
Reviewer: utopian - - December 15, 2009
Subject: rare
this show is one of the finer recordings on this entire site.

the bass response is so clean and deep
85 merriweather was a legendary series of playing too.

Reviewer: ellisdee25 - - June 30, 2009
Subject: Great Shakedown!
This was my 5th was fantastic! I had 5th row seats, Bobby side, & the sound was awesome!! The red gels didn't hurt! MPP was always a good venue for the Dead.
Reviewer: Silverstein - - April 25, 2009
Subject: my tapes
Great matrix Hunter. Lovely to listen to over and over. I had to unload my tapes...literally to a dumpster. I live overseas and was only home for a few days in the winter and couldn't list the tapes in the paper or online as I wasn't going to be there and didn't have anyone I could leave them with. (Big sigh) ah well, at least everything I ever had is here on Thought of giving them to a university music department, but again, they can get things online. End of an era though. Actually, since I've been downloading and listening to disc, the tapes are a memory from long ago. Hope anyone/everyone who has their tapes is still enjoying them!
Reviewer: childofthemoon - - April 1, 2009
Subject: nice matrix
Hunter thank you so much for your efforts. This is my favorite copy of this performance by far, love the matrix mix!
Reviewer: gumby69 - - March 5, 2009
Subject: Brown Eyed Women.
Smokin' BEW unusually tight crisp version for 85.
Reviewer: wharfratjoe - - October 14, 2008
Subject: sounds great!
Hunter, thanks again for another great MTX mix. I am really enjoying it.

Reviewer: wolfmanjack - - October 3, 2008
Subject: Solid for 85
all in all a way overrated show but these merriweather mixes are very nice. a lot of the time I have a SBD and an Aud for the shows Hunter has been mixing and so far 100% of the time his matrix's are far superior compared the straight SBD or AUD sources.

yeah yeah the shakedown ad nuaseam... my pick of the second set is the space > other one.

Thanks again Hunter for your contributions to the growing pantheon of live grateful dead.

Star rating is for audio quality, please see other sources for show reviews there are plenty trust me.
Reviewer: linux_terror - - September 23, 2008
Subject: Great Show
This was probably my favorite GD show I had growing up, I'm a huge Cryptical Envelopment fan even though Jerry was noted as saying he was afraid to play the song. I gave away all my analog tapes about 3 years ago, and this was the only one I kept. It'll be nice to get a digital copy. Thanks.
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